Sweet One

Sweet One

Sweet One

by Peter Docker

Fremantle Press $29.99 pb, 316 pp, 9781922089755

Sophie Shanahan

Sophie Shanahan

Sophie Shanahan is an avid reader of Australian literature. She runs a website, ...

Peter Docker knits us into a ‘pea-soup fog’ of Western Australian heat, blanketing us, until we feel it ‘seeping right into the bones’. In the familiar-sounding Baalboorlie, the sun beats down,scorching the airless metal cell of a prisoner transportation vehicle. It cooks the Old Man’s flesh as he is escorted across a vast stretch of his desert country. The floor of the mobile oven sears his bare stomach, the branding ‘raised up and angry red and orange, in the shape of the rising sun badge of the ADF’. His grandmother was right, ‘White men will steal you in the night, then cook and eat you’.

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Published in September 2014 no. 364

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